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Antonia White By Jane Dunn

Antonia White by Jane Dunn

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Summary

A captivating biography of the author of FROST IN MAY by 'one of our best biographers' - SUNDAY TIMES

Antonia White Summary

Antonia White: A Life by Jane Dunn

'Oh I DID want to be happy as a woman...But I'm a monster and must accept being one. Not all writers are monsters. But my kind is.' Antonia White is best known for her masterpiece FROST IN MAY, for having come back from 'Bedlam' hospital and madness, and for the public feud between her daughters over the editing of her diaries. This is the first biography to tell the complete story of a life courageously lived against most difficult odds. This is the story of a woman who - two generations too soon - attempted to live the modern female life of single parent and working mother but longed for the artistic and intellectual stage. Antonia White wrestled throughout with the large questions of faith, the attractions and repulsions of Catholicism, the problems of being a woman and an artist. And over it all hovered the threat of madness. This book reveals her as a woman unafraid of extreme experience and honest enough to accept the consequences: self-obsessed, funny, fascinating and tragic - and ultimately heroic.

Antonia White Reviews

'Dunn dissects this disturbing life with intelligence and sympathy, sparing no detail but making no judgements. One finishes her book with a clearer idea of the demons that may drive creative artists, and with respect and a measure of affection for a woman who was often difficult to love.' SUNDAY TIMES 'It is easy to see in all this how egocentric and difficult White could be, but Dunn displays the mix and the confusion of her life fully, to let us see how utterly fascinating and complex she was too.' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 'Dunn's eloquent prose, eye for humourous anecdote and sympathy make this an excellent biography.' OBSERVER 'Antonia White is best known for the autobiographical quartet of novels that began with her pre-World War I adolescence in a Catholic convent (Frost in May) and ended with institutionalisation for manic depression in the 1920s. (Beyond the Glass). More infamously, White's three unsuccessful marriages, her affairs, and her tortuous relationship with her two daughters and their subsequent feud over the editing of White's diaries after her death, have been extensively chronicled. Biographer Jane Dunn, who has also covered other literary lives--Mary Shelley in Moon in Eclipse and sisters Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf in A Very Close Conspiracy--plunges with relish into White's complex world. She portrays White as a highly talented writer whose Catholicism and father-fixation contributed much to her low self-worth, problematic relationships and recurring bouts of madness. Despite this, White, unusually for a woman in the 1930s, held down a lucrative job as an advertising copywriter, became a highly respected translator (her translations of the novels of Colette are among the best), and moved within an intensely artistic circle of friends which included Djuna Barnes, David Gascoyne and Dylan Thomas. White's allegedly low opinion of women was compounded just before her death, with the newly launched Virago publishing house choosing Frost in May (1978) as its first rediscovery. The continuing republication of White's novels and her astonishingly frank diary have captivated new generations of readers. Jane Dunn's skilful, intelligent biography ensures that this interest will not abate.' Catherine Taylor, AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW 'Dunn, who writes with captivating elegance and piercing intelligence, is tender, scrupulous, ironic and worldly...' INDEPENDENT

About Jane Dunn

Jane Dunn is the author of MOON IN ECLIPSE: A LIFE OF MARY SHELLEY and A VERY CLOSE CONSPIRACY: VANESSA BELL AND VIRGINIA WOOLF. She lives in bath.

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GOR001886510
9781860497957
1860497950
Antonia White: A Life by Jane Dunn
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Little, Brown Book Group
2000-03-02
495
N/A
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